Interventional Pain Management
New advances in pain management offer Sackler patients a growing number of options. These include:
Nerve blocks, usually pain medicine or steroids, injected directly into the source of pain. Examples are cervical and lumbar epidural blocks, and facet and SI (sacroiliac) joint injections.
Implanted infusion pumps, which deliver continuous medication for pain or muscle spasms precisely to the source of the pain.
Spinal cord stimulators, which use electrical current to release pain-relieving hormones found naturally in the body.
Radiofrequency ablation, which stops or lessens pain by selectively destroying nerve cells.
Discography, a diagnostic procedure using dye injections to determine the exact location of disc pain.
Intradiscal electrotherapy, a nonsurgical treatment for spinal disc disorders.